Monday, December 21, 2020

The City of Cold Lake has awarded two contracts to ensure Cold Lake Fire-Rescue remains well-equipped to continue providing first-rate firefighting and rescue service to the Lakeland.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Lakeland area families and children will continue to receive the developmental and educational supports they rely on, through a newly-established branch of Cold Lake and District FCSS.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – City Hall and several other City of Cold Lake facilities remain open and ready to serve residents, while taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Government of Alberta announced additional public health measures on December 8 to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Monday, December 7, 2020

The City of Cold Lake is closing the Energy Centre Wellness Centre for the remainder of the day to deep clean after being informed that a patron has tested positive for COVID-19.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Cold Lake, AB - The City of Cold Lake will ask the Government of Alberta to consider allowing the Federal Government’s contact tracing application, or to harmonize the provincial and federal tracing applications.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – A long-awaited project that will aid future development in Cold Lake South has the green light after the city received help cutting years’ worth of red tape.

The Fischer Stormwater Management Pond has been a project on Cold Lake’s books for over 17 years. The project began as a public-private partnership to create the stormwater pond, located in Cold Lake South, west of Highway 28 and 42 Avenue. The stormwater management facility is necessary in order to facilitate future development in Cold Lake South, and was identified as a key piece of the City’s 2003 Master Drainage Plan.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The City of Cold Lake joins its neighbours in celebrating the announcement of a resolution to the ID 349 agreement, announced by the Honourable Minister of Municipal Affairs, Tracy Allard, on November 30.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council passed its 2021 Capital and Operating Budgets, forecasting a near-zero-per-cent tax increase and a reduction in recycling rates.

The budgets include just under $44.7 million in operating expenditures (up from $44.3 in 2020), after transferring about $9.5 million to the capital budget, which has a total of $41 million in projects and capital purchases.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Government of Alberta has announced a state of public health emergency along with additional restrictions designed to slow the COVID-19 virus’ spread and protect capacity within the healthcare system.

Friday, November 13, 2020

*UPDATE November 24*

Due to the increased COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the Government of Alberta on November 24, including a ban on all indoor and outdoor festivals, the City is no longer able to host the Santa Claus Parade.



Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake will host a modified version of the annual Santa Claus Parade to ensure physical distancing and adhere to provincial COVID-19 health restrictions.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The City of Cold Lake continues to liaise with provincial health authorities and monitor restrictions that may apply should the City of Cold Lake enter the “watch” category in regards to the COVID pandemic.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Due to a decrease in COVID-19 cases locally, the City of Cold Lake has been moved from the Government of Alberta’s “watch” category to the “open” category.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The Government of Alberta has implemented additional health measures and guidelines as a result of a spike in new, confirmed COVID-19 cases across the province.

The City of Cold Lake continues to closely follow the provincial government’s guidance in regards to the pandemic and is working to quickly assess any impact the new regulations may have on the city and the residents of Cold Lake.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council voted against first reading of a proposed mandatory mask bylaw at its regular meeting on October 27.

The proposed bylaw was developed by considering mandatory mask bylaws passed by several other municipalities navigating the COVID-19 pandemic across Alberta. Among the proposals included for discussion:

Monday, October 26, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City is making a significant investment in Cold Lake’s two public cemeteries while providing residents with additional options for memorializing loved ones who have passed on.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City is proposing a rebate of business licensing fees paid by commercial and home-based businesses which operate within the city of Cold Lake. The proposed rebate is in alignment with the Government of Alberta’s Red Tape Reduction Strategy to promote positive business growth and streamline approvals amid challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City will direct over $725,000 in federal funding to enhance Cold Lake’s trail network, including repairs and improvements to the Millennium Trail.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake encourages residents who wish to celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating or handing out candy, to do so responsibly while adhering to all necessary health protocols. The City is not looking to impose any further restrictions relating to COVID-19 for Halloween celebrations beyond those required by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The City has no bylaws that impose a curfew for Halloween. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake is nearing completion on a challenging roadway reconstruction project.

The stretch of the 53 Avenue roadway between 57A Street and 58 Street in Cold Lake South has been under construction for some time due to complex soil conditions and a high water table. The deep utility infrastructure also required an overhaul and the underground conditions which led to the roadway’s failure made replacement of the deep utilities challenging.

With the underground utility work now complete, local contractor E-Construction has won a $425,000 contract to complete the restoration of the roadway.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of home fires in Alberta and most are preventable. Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020 and the City of Cold Lake and Cold Lake Fire-Rescue are urging residents to take simple steps to prevent fires in the kitchen.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – A pilot project to test a new method of dredging will start immediately after the Cold Lake Marina is closed for the 2020 boating season.

The last full day of Marina operations will be October 11. All boaters are expected to have their boats out of the marina by the end of the day October 12 so that preparations for the dredging operation can begin the next day. Council approved the $50,000 pilot project to test a method of dredging that is expected to result in significant cost savings.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – For 35 years, Canadians have come together during the first week of October to celebrate and promote the importance of families with National Family Week. This year’s theme is “Stronger Together: Building Family Resilience” and The City of Cold Lake and Cold Lake and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has planned several COVID-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake will consider allowing the consumption of alcohol in picnic areas of City-owned and operated parks, following an amendment to the provincial Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act in June. The Act, which previously stated that municipalities could designate areas of public parks for the consumption of alcohol with food, has been amended to remove the requirement that liquor only be permitted when consumed with food.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City is improving street lighting along Highway 28 between Cold Lake North and Cold Lake South by installing energy-efficient LED light fixtures.

The current high-pressure sodium (HPS, also known as high-intensity discharge, or HID) lights were installed during the twinning of the highway in 2009 and 2010, and have passed the end of their life expectancy.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – As municipalities across Alberta continue to discuss the use of masks and face coverings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Cold Lake is not considering a mandatory mask bylaw.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake dog owners can now access the City’s first off-leash dog park. Located at Imperial Park, just south of the pickleball courts, the park boasts over 45,000 square feet of fenced area for dogs to play, exercise and socialize safely and in a controlled environment. The park is separated into areas for large and small dogs and includes two staging areas, where owners can remove or attach their dog’s leash before entering or exiting the park.

Signs regarding rules for park use are being installed. Dog owners are required to ensure:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake has installed updated, colour-coordinated signage in 19 City parks and public spaces. The new signs will help residents and visitors easily identify City parks and provide a consistent design and theme for all parks in the city. The updated signage features the name of the park written in white text, set against a deep red background with a blue-green waterscape design. The new signs have been installed at the following locations:

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Cold Lake Energy Centre has retrofitted its old lights to new, energy-efficient LEDs that will provide an anticipated annual utility savings of almost $15,000.  

Friday, August 21, 2020

Cold Lake City Council will forward its resolution opposing the federal gun ban to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for consideration by its membership.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Ice is being made at the Energy Centre in preparation for the upcoming winter sports season.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Two critical wastewater projects received grant funding from the Alberta Municipal Water/Waste Water Partnership.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Cold Lake Meals on Wheels program is offering a 50-per-cent discount to help its clients through challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Cold Lake Mountain Bike Park has had beginner trails added, with plans for more advanced trails to be made by the end of this year’s construction season.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Some sidewalks and trails in the city will be seeing an upgrade this construction season.

As part of the 2020 Sidewalks and Trail Connectivity Enhancement Project, five different areas will see improvements being made to allow for better pedestrian accessibility.

“Our sidewalks and trails are important in the city,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “A lot of people use them to access different parks, and it gives safer access for pedestrians to reach popular areas.”

Friday, July 10, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Residents can expect to see more street improvements in 2020, as the Annual Capital Street Improvement Program commences.

“The focus is on streets that have a fair amount of traffic, or those that can no longer wait for repairs,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “The streets picked each year are chosen based on analytic software that looks closely at the street and its usage, and long-term capital investment strategies.”

The road analytics software examines the surface distress index of roadways and degradation curves to assist in making decisions on pavement resurfacing.

The following areas are included in the 2020 Capital Street Improvement Program, at a cost of $1.7 million capital investment:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – A project to replace the road to the Cold Lake Museums will also allow for the facilities’ infrastructure to be upgraded; a neighbourhood’s drainage concerns to be addressed, and will pave the way for future development.

Work has begun to replace the lower stretch of 69 Avenue leading to the Cold Lake Museums and the Cold Lake Mountain Bike Park. The long-standing request to rebuild the road will take place at the same time as the museums’ water line is replaced and up-sized. The water line upgrade will also allow for future developments in the area to be serviced.

Finally, drainage improvements will be made that will help to alleviate storm-water concerns in the Tri-City Estates area.

“Thanks to our staff’s forward-thinking approach we are able to tackle a number of issues at once, and use tax dollars as efficiently as possible so that infrastructure is installed in a coordinated manner,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Any one of these projects would have a significant and positive impact on the area, but being able to tackle them all at once allows for cost savings through efficiencies and the proper staging of the project phases, minimizing the chance that newly built infrastructure will be disturbed by future projects.”

Monday, June 29, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – At its Regular Council Meeting last week, council voted to operate the North Arena for the next season, with a decision surrounding future operations to be based on information from a life-cycle audit for the facility.

For the 2020/2021 season, the arena will operate Monday to Friday for all interested user groups, and to accommodate Cold Lake Minor Hockey’s request for additional ice time. The decision effectively stays council’s decision during the 2020 budget deliberations to shutter the facility.

“We’ve heard from Cold Lake Minor Hockey that the additional ice time is important for their schedule and so we’ve committed to running the facility for this next season the same way we did for the past season,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Ultimately, council will see what the cost of keeping the North Area will be once the audit is complete.”

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake City Council has voted to voice its opposition to the federal government’s decision to ban a number of firearms, and the planned buy-back program associated with the ban.

The decision was made after a notice of motion was tabled by Councillor Kirk Soroka at city council’s June 9, 2020 Regular Meeting. A resolution put forward in the notice of motion was debated and passed at council’s regular meeting this week.

“Council debated if this was an issue that we, as a municipality, wanted to wade into,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Ultimately, we felt that the federal government’s gun ban will be an expensive exercise that will only serve to take law abiding people’s property, while doing nothing to reduce crime. Municipalities are the level of government closest to the people, and a large part of our budget and operations is focused on providing safe and healthy communities. We see forecasts of hundreds of millions of federal dollars to be spent to buy guns back from people. As these are people who went through the necessary education, background checks, and licencing to purchase them, it seems to be a poorly thought out plan, especially if its aim is to reduce crime.”

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Transit will be returning to its regular operating hours, but still implementing other COVID-19 safety protocols.

City of Cold Lake Council voted on Tuesday to have Cold Lake Transit resume regular hours, but not without precautions, such as physical distancing of two metres, and regular sanitization of high-touch areas.

“We have seen an impact on ridership due to COVID-19,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Though this was expected, there are still a lot of people who rely on transit to get them to and from work and shopping areas, like grocery stores.”

The return to regular hours means Saturday service will resume from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, and the buses will be operating Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, with no service on Sundays or statutory holidays except Canada Day and Remembrance Day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake council settled on a spot for the new off-leash dog park, opting to place the amenity at Imperial Park, south of the pickle ball courts.

“This has been a long-standing request from the community that we are happy to move forward on,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Staff members will work out the details of the facility based on the budget, but council was able to find a location that will allow for a quick, successful start, as well as some opportunities to expand the park and add amenities in the future.”

Council settled on the location due to its proximity to ample parking, the ability to scale the park’s size to suit budget, its central location, and the ability to include other amenities at the site. The final size of the park will depend on the amount of fencing that can be purchased with the budget available.

Basic features of the park will include fencing, signage, waste bag stations and receptacles, as well as a staging entrance. Additional features which may be included if the budget allows, or if future phases are approved, could include separate areas for small and large dogs, benches, shade features, water services extended to the park, lighting, and agility obstacles.

Monday, June 22, 2020

The City of Cold Lake would like to remind residents that it will not be hosting any formal Canada Day festivities this year, including the parade, beach activities, concert, and fireworks show.

“All of these events have a tendency to bring out thousands of people,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “While we are all going to miss these celebrations, we are following the Province of Alberta’s recommendations. With encouraged physical distancing of two metres, and a limit of 100 people at outdoor events, we just couldn’t see a way to proceed with our celebrations and still follow these guidelines.”

Although there are no official celebrations, Kinosoo Beach is open to the public, so long as users can keep proper physical distancing. Other summer activities are also possible, as the sports fields, slo-pitch diamonds, skate park, trails, and other outdoor facilities are currently open.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – One of two water reservoirs in Cold Lake South will be modernized so that it can continue to supply residents with water during a power outage.

At its regular meeting last week, council voted to expand the scope of the Building #10 Modernization Project to include a new pumps, upgrades to the electrical systems and a back-up generator. The generator will ensure that power outages will not affect the water distribution system in Cold Lake South. Cold Lake South has two reservoirs, however no power back-up generation exists. An additional $452,000 was added to the project’s budget to cover the cost of the upgrade and bids that came in higher than expected. The total modernization project stands at $1.35 million. The additional money was allocated from the Gas Tax Fund, an infrastructure grant available to all municipalities.

Cold Lake North has one reservoir in its distribution system, which has already been equipped with backup power.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – At its June 9 Regular Meeting, Cold Lake City Council passed changes to the city’s Land Use Bylaw that will allow for cannabis micro-production as a Discretionary Use in facilities on commercially zoned land.

Micro-processors are also subject to federal and provincial regulations and licencing requirements. The Government of Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations allow for micro-processing licences for businesses that will not use more than 600 kilograms of dried cannabis in a year in the production of their product. Such businesses can produce edibles, topicals and CBD products, but cannot cultivate cannabis. Micro-processors cannot sell product directly to the public, but must sell into the regulated cannabis supply chain for resale through licenced cannabis shops.

As a Discretionary Use, an application for cannabis micro processing operations in a commercially zoned area would trigger notifications to surrounding land owners. The Development Authority of the City of Cold Lake could also examine the site, adjacent sites, and consider any additional requirements and planning considerations that may apply. The Planning Authority of the City of Cold Lake could then approve the application, approve the application with conditions, or refuse the application.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – The City of Cold Lake and the Municipal District of Bonnyville are concerned that the community could lose important medical services due to doctor shortages at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre.

The community’s elected officials have heard from front-line healthcare workers that the number of doctors at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre is insufficient to run both private practices and keep the Emergency Room staffed 24 hours a day.

In 2006 and 2007, the community faced a similar crisis involving potential impacts to the emergency room service, as several doctors either retired or left the community for various reasons. Physician positions were refilled, however, the community has not been able to make progress because of the attrition rate. In 2020, Cold Lake is once again back down to eight physicians who may not be able to maintain the current level of service at the emergency room.

“Our physicians do a tremendous job of meeting our region’s healthcare needs, but they cannot keep up this workload indefinitely,” City of Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland said. “The Cold Lake Healthcare Centre serves a large area, and is known for its excellent health care services. It does not seem fair that they are staffed so that every time one doctor leaves, the rest see their quality of life evaporate as they pick up the slack to keep the emergency room open. Minimal staffing levels are not sustainable for a centre that serves the population the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre does.”

Monday, June 15, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – After a much anticipated wait, parts of the Cold Lake Energy Centre will be reopening to the public on June 16.

Included in the reopening are the Cenovus Energy Wellness Centre, CNRL Walking Track, and access to Booster Juice, which is also opening Tuesday. Other areas of the Energy Centre will remain closed for now, including the arenas, field house, and the climbing wall. Operating hours for the Energy Centre will be from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on the weekend.

“We’re very excited to be able to start the reopening process,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “It’s not as simple as turning the lights on and opening the doors. We had to ensure that new safety protocols were in place, and that staff were available to return to work.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Cold Lake saw over 50 staff see temporary lay-offs, or reassignments to other departments, such as the Golf Course, Marina, and Roads.

Those coming to the Energy Centre are asked to be aware of some new protocols. Only the west doors (the main entrance) will be open, and everyone entering the building will need to hand sanitize, then check in with the front desk for a quick health screening questionnaire, before proceeding to one of the open locations in the building.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – In order to make the best use of available grants, Cold Lake City council voted to fund the $1 million design of the new waste water treatment plant from Municipal Sustainability Initiative dollars available to the City of Cold Lake.

“This project is required to bring our waste water effluent within the ever increasing federal and provincial environmental regulations,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “This is a large and very critical project for our community and the environment and it is exciting to see significant progress on it.”

Over the winter, city staff had arranged for a relatively new waste water treatment process to be studied. Known as a “moving bed biofilm reactor” (MBBR), the process allows a treatment facility to be built much more economically than a facility that would house more traditional treatment processes. A traditional treatment facility that would meet Cold Lake’s needs is estimated to cost anywhere from $50 million to $80 million. The early estimated budget for an MBBR facility is approximately $20 million.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – A plan to extend pavement on 8 Street from 18 Avenue to 20 Avenue had both phases approved at council’s regular meeting held on June 9.

Originally designed to be handled in two phases, persistent issues with storm water run-off and dust in the area led council to approve the project in its entirety. The project, with a total cost of just over $1 million, will be funded from a split between off-site levies, which are contributions from developers, and the Gas Tax Grant.

“This stretch of road has become busier as the area sees more and more development,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “This project will benefit the commuters in the neighbourhood, eliminate dust concerns that nearby residents have had over the years, assist with drainage issues, and prepare for expected future residential development as well. It is a relatively small project, but should have a big impact on the neighbourhood.”

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Black Knot is back this spring, and residents can help keep local trees safe.

Black Knot is a fungal disease that affects Prunus tree species, such as Maydays and choke cherries. The fungus causes brown and black knot-like swelling on the branches of the trees, which if left untreated, will eventually kill the tree and potentially spread to others.

Residents are asked to keep watch for Black Knot this spring and summer, and if spotted, to cut off infected branches.

Here are some tips on how to deal with Black Knot:

  • Prune out the infected branches between late fall and early spring when the plants are dormant and the knots are easier to see
  • Remove the infected branches to at least 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) below the knot
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cold Lake, AB – Council will offset the increase in the city’s 2020 Operational Budget with accumulated surplus from the previous year’s budget, bringing the average increase in municipal taxes paid to zero per cent this year.

The residential tax rate is set at 8.3149, the multi-family residential rate is 8.6439, and the non-residential rate is 12.5435. These rates will generate about $20.6 million from properties within the city, which will then be topped up with just over $254,000 from accumulated surplus to balance the city’s $53.5 million operational budget for 2020. This budget is inclusive of all municipal expenditures and transfers. In 2019, council used just over $555,000 in surplus to achieve an average zero per cent increase as well.

Accumulated surplus is the result of not spending money budgeted for the previous year – often in salaries not spent while positions are being filled, or better-than-expected revenue from investments, for example. 

“Council is challenged with a difficult economy and an uncertain future because of the unprecedented situation due to COVID-19,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Using accumulated surplus again means that we will need additional revenue, or we will have to look at reducing services in the city, to balance the next budget in 2021. With the uncertainty surrounding the economy and the COVID-19 situation, however, council felt the best target was a zero per cent increase.”

The tax rate is a factor used per $1,000 of property value to determine the amount of taxes a property is required to pay for municipal services. Taxes are based on the assessment, which means that a tax rate increase or decrease does not necessarily mean an increase or decrease in the amount of municipal tax a property owner will pay compared to previous years.


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